Lowe Has Rough Start For Peoria

Lowe Has Rough Start For Peoria

Thursday Oct. 14, 2010
Posted: 6:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEPeoria Saguaros White Sox
Johnnie Lowe had a nice second half of the season for a moribund Birmingham team, pitching to a 3.04 ERA in 10 Southern League outings after the All-Star break. That effort was not evident on Thursday though when he made his first appearance for the Saguaros as they battled the Peoria Javelinas to a 4-4 tie in 11 innings.

Lowe started and allowed four runs on six hits over three innings. He had allowed as many as four earned runs only once over his last nine starts with the Barons.

Jared Mitchell struck out in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter.
Mesa Solar Sox Cubs
Josh Vitters was back at third base for Mesa on Thursday after playing on the opposite side of the diamond on Wednesday in his AFL debut. The former first-round pick seemed more at ease in familiar surroundings, collecting three hits and driving in a run in an 11-6 victory at Surprise.

Ryan Flaherty added a double, a walk and an RBI.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Fire lose Open Cup epic in Cincinnati after penalties


Fire lose Open Cup epic in Cincinnati after penalties

CINCINNATI — A few days ago Dax McCarty was talking about the Chicago Fire trying to win every trophy they were competing for this season. The hopes of winning one of those trophies ended Wednesday night.

The Fire lost in penalty kicks to FC Cincinnati after 120 minutes of goalless soccer. A crowd of 32,287 in Cincinnati waited and waited and waited some more, but finally got what they wanted.

It was all about the goalkeepers before penalty kicks with the Fire’s Matt Lampson and Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt combining for 17 saves. Hildebrandt improved on his crazy good night by denying Nemanja Nikolic, Arturo Alvarez and Juninho in penalty kicks. Bastian Schweinsteiger was the only Fire player to convert a penalty in four rounds. Cincinnati missed its first penalty, but converted the next three.

In regulation, the Fire huffed and puffed in the first half, but didn’t really create much danger in front of Cincinnati’s goal. At halftime, the Fire had 78 percent of the possession, but couldn’t manage a shot on target.

Cincinnati’s game plan to defend deep and counter was stifling the Fire’s attack. The Fire only managed shots from outside the box that all missed the target. Matt Polster had an open shot in the box following a corner kick, but it was deflected wide by a sliding defender.

The home crowd of 32,287, which is the second biggest crowd in U.S. Open Cup history, didn’t have much to cheer in the first half, but Matt Lampson made the only save of the half when he came off his line to deny Danni Konig who got free down the left side.

Both the atmosphere and the game livened up in the second half. Both teams had multiple quality chances and both keepers, Lampson and Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt came up with big saves.

Lampson saved the game to deny a breakaway for Jimmy McLaughlin in added time just before regulation ended.

In extra time, Cincinnati thought it had the go-ahead goal from Andrew Wiedeman in the 110th minute, but it was called back for a close offside call. Hildebrandt and Lampson both came up with huge saves in the final minute of extra time to send the match to penalties.

Bears Talk Podcast: Breaking down camp competition at wide receiver


Bears Talk Podcast: Breaking down camp competition at wide receiver

On this week’s Bears Talk Podcast, we hear from Markus Wheaton as Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz discuss the training camp competition at slot receiver.

Boden and Stankevitz also weigh in on PFF ranking the Bears’ starting lineup 18th in the NFL, answer listener questions and add another layer of Aaron Rodgers envy.

Listen to the latest Bears Talk Podcast right here: